STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

New Lawsuits Say Opioid Epidemic Has Led to Skyrocketing Health Insurance Premiums

CHICAGO — Five putative class actions have been filed against various opioid manufacturers and distributors, alleging their deceptive marketing practices have led to a public health crisis that caused the average consumer’s private health insurance premiums to skyrocket.

In the May 2 complaints, the plaintiffs say health insurers have factored in the exorbitant healthcare costs of opioid-related addiction, overdoses and deaths, and charged them back to policyholders in the form of higher premiums, deductibles and co-payments.

The lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of California, Northern District of Illinois, District of Massachusetts, District of ...

Associated Law Firms
Consovoy McCarthy Park
Keller Lenkner

Associated Documents
Rivers Complaint

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